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Wolf's Lair
Ranked #1 of 2 Gierloz B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Four of us ate here after the tour. In my opinion it looks a bit blah both outside and in, but main thing was the food was actually very tasty and reasonably priced. Schnitzel and pork knuckle all good. Coffees were actually quite good as well. Worth stopping here for a quick bite and toilet break before hitting the road.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

This hotel is very basic accommodation. People stay there for the history, not for comfort or luxury. If you have served in the military, it is much like living in an old barracks building (which it once was), except you have your own private room and bathroom. The mattresses are thin and hard, but that didn't bother us. Our bathroom had hot water, although the pressure wasn't that great. The room was clean, but the bed linens and towels were not changed during our stay (not that we needed that). We stayed three nights; on the first and third nights there was only one other couple there, but a tour bus came in at 7PM on the second night, so it was noisy that night and crowded in the restaurant the next morning.

The hotel was supposed to accept charge cards but their machine was broken when we arrived, so we paid the room bill and book/souvenir/lunch charges in zloty (they do not take dollars or euro cash). Our double room cost the equivalent of $40 per night.

We stayed in April to avoid the summer vegetation obscuring the ruins, but this had the benefit of also avoiding the infamous mosquitoes and the tourist crowds. Our room window did have a good insect screen on it. Most of the time we were out exploring the ruins, we saw no-one else. I would really recommend mid-April as the all-around best time to visit.

Don't expect the staff to be overly friendly or helpful, or to speak much English. Some were friendly, but not all, by any means. Most speak enough English to check you in and out of the hotel, but that's about it. For info or advice about the site or nearby sites such as Mauerwald, the staff will direct you to the professional guides, who will probably charge for such info (I don't know - we didn't talk to a guide). If you speak German you will probably get along better with the staff, especially in the restaurant.

The breakfast in the restaurant is served from 8AM, and is very basic. There is no German-style buffet, but each guest gets a plate of cold cuts and cheese, and there is a basket of bread slices. You get plenty of strong coffee, but if you want juice or water you have to buy it. Each morning we got a different "main course" - Frankfurter sausages one morning (like long hot dogs), Polish sausages, and one morning they served us scrambled eggs (done soft and runny). During our stay the restaurant was not open for dinner, but we ate lunch there once. The food was quite good, but we felt the meal was overpriced for lunch in a place like that.

If your visit to the Wolfsschanze includes an overnight stay, why stay anywhere else?

Room Tip: The rooms on the front side (south side) likely get pretty warm in the summer. A room in the wing on...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

A Fantastic historic place to visit. Location is very remote so it's wise to stay at the hotel. The hotel is very basic but clean,with it being the old ss barracks you can't expect much else but you get a true feel of the area by staying here also a plus point you can have a walk around the lair day or night which the price is all inclusive with a brilliant breakfast by the way. The only down side to our visit was,we were shown to our room by a very grumpy member of staff, the other members were fine. Lastly don't forget to take a torch there are lots dark corridors to explore in the bunkers.

Room Tip: Pick one far away from the reception, bar area as it can be noisy.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I went to Wolf's Lair on an overnight side trip from Warsaw, catching the train from Warsaw to Ketrzyn (3.5 hours) and then a local bus from Ketrzyn to Gierloz (50 minute wait then 20 minute ride). The bus service is run by Veolia, and the bus station is in an office at the end of the railway station (go in and ask which bus stand to wait at).

At Wolf’s Lair there are guides waiting on site but I bought a guide book and that was all I needed. As well as the main ruin site inside the entrance gate there are more ruins across the road that few people go to (the group tours skip it). One of the bunkers on the other side has a ladder that you can climb to the top, but obviously take care and do so at your own risk.

The accommodation at the hotel is basic but for 80 zloty a single room (ie less than $30) it is perfectly acceptable. The room tariff even includes breakfast. Because I stayed overnight I was able to visit the ruins again early the next morning and I had the whole site to myself.

I loved the food in the restaurant attached to the hotel. It was authentic, well prepared and cheap. Be aware that the restaurant closed at 5pm when I stayed so it was available for a late lunch but not dinner.

The return journey to Warsaw took longer because of the train timetable, allow an extra few hours.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

If you're going to Wolf's Lair, you're probably gonna need a night's accommodation (which is what my group did).

It's probably wise too given that the location is really quite remote. Price wise, it's rather hefty for the standard, but when it's the only option, what can you do?

That said, the place is well-maintained and clean. It's also comfortable too. 5 stars hotel it is definitely not, but its certainly not a shabby or dirty place too. Recommend to go during spring / summer as I shudder to think what the temperature will be during winter!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

We spent one night here in April 2013, and were a little apprehensive.

The Hotel is located in what was part of the Barracks for the SS Officers at the Wolfs lair complex, sharing the building with the site's Restauraunt.

The fee for a nights stay includes unrestricted access to the Wolfs Lair site and Car Parking. You simply tell the Security guys on the gate you are staying at the hotel and youre in - unrestricted access throughout your stay.

Although the Accomodation is basic - just a room, 2 beds a wardrobe and a table (no tv) it is very clean and warm and modern. There is an en suite toilet / shower for each bedroom. Reception is friendly (Reasonable English spoken) and efficient - there is a TV and DVD player in the reception as well a small bar and a selection of guidebooks to purchase. Reception is manned 24 hrs and has some sofas and comfortable chairs to chill in.

There is free wifi which we couldn't get in our room but, although a bit slow, worked fine in the public areas and restauraunt.

Breakfast is served in the Restauraunt - a hot dog coffee cheese and meat.

The restauraunt closed about 5pm (I believe its later in the Summer) and there is nowhere else to get food on the site (As it is somewhat remote !) so the options are either bring some food for the night or a 20 odd min drive to Ketrzyn. (There is a Tescos as you get into Ketrzyn to get provisions).

All in all we enjoyed our stay - the actual bunker complex is fascinating - and staying overnight alows one the time to soak it all up in your own time.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Me_n_my_rucksack
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Reviewed July 30, 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled with friends
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Address: Remote Forest Location of Gierloz and Ketrzyn, Gierloz 11-400, Poland
Location: Poland > Northern Poland > Warmia-Masuria Province > Gierloz
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Gierloz
Number of rooms: 29
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